It’s 2016. What the? I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like 2015 was over in the blink of an eye. Seriously, time needs to S.L.O.W down.
I took a good long break from work over the holidays and am excited to get back to North Shore Mama’ing. I have so many ideas and goals as to changes I want to make this year, which I’ll write about a little later, but I’m excited to start this new year off with a bang!
Last year, my first post of the year was a review of the 10 posts written in the previous year that got the most attention from North Shore Mama readers. I loved seeing which posts seemed to resonate most with my readers and have decided to do a recap of last year’s most popular posts again. So, what did you guys read the most last year on NorthShoreMama.ca?
This was a fun collaborative post that I wrote with a few of my blogger buddies. In the post, I share the 3 items that saved me when Portia was a newborn and then I link to 3 other posts with even more must-have items!
In the summer of 2015, I joined TEAM Telus, a group of Canadian bloggers who help to share all TELUS’ great exciting and innovative news. This has been such an amazing opportunity for me and I have leaned SO MUCH (see the #1 most popular post below!!)
This is a deeply personal post and a bearing of my soul. Motherhood is HARD!
When Portia was a newborn (and until about the age of 6 months) she cried. And cried. And cried. It wasn’t colic/the period of purple crying. It was her personality, shining through from the get-go. I used to envy moms out on walks with their sleeping babies in strollers. I used to envy moms who didn’t have to leave from wherever they happened to be because their baby was so upset. I used to envy the moms that would “shh shh shhhh” and bounce their babies until they quieted and even fell asleep. That whole ‘blissful’ newborn stage was SO overwhelming for me. I felt so trapped. In the moments where I questioned my abilities as a mother, I took comfort in the fact that I was giving my all to my beautiful daughter. I just kept giving and giving and giving.
Something (other than me) had to give.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the reason this post got so much attention was because of the earthquake we had on the west coast over the holidays!!
Wow… even typing out that title again made me well up. This was for sure the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.
I turned to walk about 10 steps to the garbage can and by the time I turned back around to walk back to Madeleine, my stomach had already sunk because I couldn’t see her standing beside the stroller where I had left her.
One of the experts in the North Shore Mama Expert Series, Dr. Melissa Skinner has written some posts that parents can relate to. She answers questions about ‘oral concerns’ so that we can put our minds at ease. She is a wealth of knowledge!
This post continues to be one of the top read posts on North Shore Mama. *Waves* to all you parents taking your wee ones with you on the North Shore trails.
While some spots may be more geared towards the hard-core, avid hikers (Grouse Grinders, I envy your passion and determination), we are also graced with a plethora of trails that are scenic, family-friendly, and a great way to keep the kids (and parents) active in an outdoor setting. Here’s a list of my top 5 favourite (suitable for under 5’s) hiking spots on the North Shore.
The author of this post, Bianca Bujan of Bits of Bee, is always out on the trails with her cute little family, so wave to her as well if you see her!
This post went VIRAL last year even though it was published on NorthShoreMama.ca the year before. Its sudden revival kind of took me by surprise and it was my first post that got this much attention, so I was pretty excited to see these imoprtant messages being shared all over the world!
Equipping our very young kids with slang terms for their genitalia keeps them in the dark about their body parts and also puts them at risk of harm. Research shows that some kids do not report sexual abuse because they learned they shouldn’t say ‘those’ words. Or kids try to report abuse but because they’re only equipped with cutsie names, they’re either misunderstood or disbelieved.
This post was written by Marnie Goldenberg, the Sexplainer. She is an invaluable resource when it comes to sex-positive parenting.
Another extremely informational post by Dr. Skinner!
‘Baby teeth’ are essential to a healthy child’s growth and development. It allows your toddler to eat comfortably, learn to speak well and esthetically be proud of their smile. Also, ‘baby teeth’ need to stay put well beyond the infancy and toddler years. In fact, some of the ‘baby teeth’ will still be in place when the child goes to middle school.
This post is in the top 10 every single week. Dr. Melissa Skinner of Third Street Dental in North Vancouver answers a question that many parents have about their wee ones and their tiny teeth!
This post also went VIRAL for a couple of days after I posted it. It was a good indication to me that I wasn’t alone in not completely knowing the rules of the road. (Either that or you were all really excited to know that I got ticketed, in which case… not sure what to say about that tee hee!)
I handed over my documents and explained that I was only using Siri to try and play a song. I wasn’t typing, I wasn’t having a phone conversation, I wasn’t even looking down at the screen. Turns out- none of that matters and I was told something I never knew.
You cannot have your phone in your lap!
You cannot have your phone in your cup holder!
You cannot have your phone anywhere loose in your vehicle! NOWHERE!